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Gavin Thennis - Photo by Gary Marshall,

Senators split in triangular

By Daniel Shepard Independent Record, 04/24/21, 7:00PM MDT


HELENA — Twice in three games the Helena Senators have walked off the Bozeman Bucks and are now 2-1 against the defending Class AA State Champions in the early-going this season. Less than a week after Quinn Belcher singled to lift the Senators to victory, Helena rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to beat Bozeman 7-6 in game No. 1 of a triangular that included the Kalispell Lakers.

Gavin Thennis - Photo by Gary Marshall,

Gavin Thennis - Photo by Gary Marshall,

Trailing 6-5 heading into the last half of the seventh inning, Matt Burton kicked off the rally with a single and moved to second on an error. Burton got to third base on a wild pitch, and after Tyler Tenney walked and stole a base, Victor Scott lifted a ball into right field, plating a run and tying the game. One batter later, Tenney scored on a walk-off wild pitch to move the Senators to 3-2 on the season.

“Good at-bats out of our guys, those are the guys we want up in that situation,” Senators head coach Jon Burnett said. “Burton led-off for us all last year, so it was nice having him leading off there. Tyler and Victor, they’re very good with control at-bats, so even though they had a guy throwing a little more velocity at us, those are the two we want up in that situation. I thought they had some good approaches. Victor spraying the ball out to right field and allowing both guys to tag up was huge.”